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Gran Turismo 2 – Second Opinion

I know that the very sight of my mediocre rating for such a highly touted game as Gran Turismo 2 will bring down the wrath of hundreds of fans crying "blasphemy." But before anyone ignites a torch or hurls a stone, please read through my review and try to understand my perspective first.

Gran Turismo 2 – Review

Gran Turismo 2 is like a Holiday Inn—it gives you more, and more is better. It succeeds in making the original PlayStation mega hit, Gran Turismo look obsolete, when in fact the difference between the two is marginal. No drastic changes have been made to the game's basic structure, there's just more of everything: more cars, more tracks, more options, more involved gameplay, more sounds and more music. Gran Turismo 2 succeeds because it's the complete package—a more comprehensive and ultimately more satisfying racing simulation than its predecessor.

Gran Turismo 2

Game Description: Get all the tire-screeching excitement of real-life racing with Gran Turismo 2. Tear through 20 hair-raising tracks from Seattle to Tahiti in one of more than 500 incredibly detailed, brand name autos. Then customize your car by purchasing parts with your winnings.

Tokyo Xtreme Racer – Review

Tokyo Xtreme Racer is all about modern day drag racing through what appears to be a realistic 3D recreation of Tokyos highway. Players start the game off by purchasing a car and then freely cruising about the highway.

Tokyo Xtreme Racer

Game Description: Glide along the nighttime highways in your sleek street machine, flash your headlights to challenge the opposition, and the high-speed race is underway in Tokyo Xtreme Racer. Go head-to-head against your Dreamcast or take on a friend in heated contests of fuel-burning bravado. Keep a close watch on the racing meter, because if it runs out the contest is over. You can earn tons of cash and upgrade your car as you take on faster and meaner racing gangs in Tokyo Xtreme Racer.

Tokyo Xtreme Racer – Second Opinion

For the most part, Chi nailed the same points I wanted to focus on. However, we differed on a few aspects of what makes Tokyo Xtreme Racer good or bad. We certainly agreed on how good a job Genki did modeling the cars in the game. Right from the start, the detail and graphical effects used really caught our eye and indeed are a sign of what awaits users down the road (no pun intended).

Crazy Taxi – Second Opinion

Crazy Taxi's go-anywhere and go-through-anything policy made for a wild ride the first couple of days; but even that got old after going through the same old locations in the San Francisco-esque city you start in.

Crazy Taxi

Game Description: Crazy Taxi is a mad race against the clock and traffic. As any of four fearless cabbies, players are driven by a single goal: to rack up megabucks in fares and tips before their shifts end. Drivers pick up passengers and take them to their destinations by any means possible. It's a comic cab opera of collisions and decisions, where courtesy takes a back seat to coin. Crazy Taxi offers all the enthralling features that made it a must-play arcade and console game, including four different cabs and drivers, each with his or her own style and attitude, two expansive and interactive courses for extensive gameplay, nine minigames to challenge various driving skills, true driving dynamics, wild, mission-based gameplay infused with humor, and a rockin' soundtrack by Offspring and Bad Religion.

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